The 25th Annual Florida Postharvest Horticulture Tour
March 3 - 7, 2014
The Florida Postharvest Horticulture Tour brings participants “up-close and personal” to learn how fresh subtropical, tropical and temperate fruits, vegetables and ornamental crops are handled. With exclusive, behind-the-scene visits hosted by top management, the group becomes familiar with a variety of methods and technologies employed to harvest, pack, cool, ship and receive fresh crops.
This program is coordinated by Dr. Steven Sargent and Dr. Mark Ritenour, specialists in the area of postharvest technology at the University of Florida-IFAS. is the tour is designed for produce industry professionals, educators, researchers and students in such diverse areas as field and packinghouse management, transportation, wholesale and retail sales, and import/export. The group will visit large and small-scale operations, compare cooling technologies, visit a fresh-cut processor and a major supermarket distribution center.
Sponsored by the University of Florida Horticultural Sciences Department and UF/IFAS Extension
Steven Sargent received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering Technology from Michigan State University in 1984 and joined the University of Florida in 1987. His Extension and Research Program addresses the effects of harvest, handling, cooling, packaging, and transit operations on postharvest quality and safety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Mark Ritenour received a Ph.D. in Postharvest Physiology from University of California, Davis in 1995 and joined the University of Florida in 1998. His Extension and Research Program works to improve pre- and postharvest practices for better quality and quality retention during transport and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Steve and Mark also teach the graduate course Postharvest Technologies for Horticultural Crops, which is designed around the Postharvest Tour.
Dr. Steven Sargent
Dr. Mark Ritenour
Registration Details: Deadline Feb. 3, 2014
The registration fee includes transportation during the tour. Hotel and meal costs are the responsibility of each participant. For the Tour, we reserve a block of hotel rooms for the group in advance and each participant pays upon check out.
Registrations cancelled by February 17th will receive a full refund. After Feb. 17 no refunds will be issued.
Gainesville has a good selection of lodging options available. The following hotels are close to campus and provide an airport shuttle option.
Preliminary Itinerary: *subject to change
- Monday, March 3: Gainesville - Depart (7am) Strawberry production, micro greens
- Tuesday, March 4: Central Florida - Cabbage production, Cut flower production, Tomato packing
- Wednesday, March 5: Central Florida - Citrus packing and processing, Carton manufacturing & printing
- Thursday, March 6: Central Florida - Clamshell manufacturing, Irradiation facility, CSA
- Friday, March 7: Central Florida- Terminal market, Fresh cut facility, and Distribution center. Return to Gainesville around 7pm.
The Florida Postharvest Tour provides our graduate students with practical experience as to how our Florida-grown fruits and vegetables are harvested, handled and shipped. As a corporate sponsor, your name and company will be acknowledged during the tour and listed in the agenda. Your assistance will help keep the costs of this program more affordable to all participants. If you would be interested in joining our program as a donor, please contact Adrian Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.